It's Playtime at Interpret!

8 December 2014

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The Interpret team have been busily collecting data for the public launch of their playground mapping website that coincided with GIS Day celebrations.

The idea for the website was spawned by Dale, who along with her family, has made a hobby out of searching for and exploring the many and varied playgrounds the city has to offer.

Primarily Christchurch focused at this stage, over 480 playgrounds across the greater city area (including Selwyn and Waimakariri) have been mapped using data gleaned from Canterbury Maps, Open Street Map and council websites. The latest Community and Imagery Basemaps provided by Eagle Technology also proved invaluable for verifying playground locations and street addresses.

A beta website of playgrounds has now been launched: www.playmap.co.nz. The site makes use of the ArcGIS Online platform to store and edit the playground features, while the beta site was developed using the JavaScript Web App builder.

Further validation and editing of playground sites and features is now being undertaken, including site visits to gather photographs and other information such as appropriate age ranges, the play features provided, and associated features such as toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and seating. The collection of this data has been enabled through the use of field collection applications including Collector for ArcGIS and a browser-based editing website.

If you are interested in being involved in the data collection and updating process, or have any suggestions for enhancing the mapping website, please contact Dale.